1 x 1.5-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1.5-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 8-hour independent study weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line exercises weekly
Enrolment not permitted
DSRS4109 has been successfully completed
Assignments, quiz, on-line exercises
Topic description

This topic will examine current research in the field of autism spectrum disorders, analyse the implications of this research for theoretical positions regarding the primary learning difficulties for students and consider the practical issues associated with curriculum and instruction for educational, vocational and community programs. Family issues and support needs across the lifespan will be considered. Roles of professionals within specialist and generic services responsible for support programs involving individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and their families will be considered.

Educational aims

This topic aims for students to have advanced and integrated knowledge of:

  • The key characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the strengths and challenges associated with the diagnosis, across the lifespan for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and other key stakeholders
  • Best practice in the field of ASD, including assessments and interventions
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss key concepts related to ASD
  2. Apply best practice concepts in ASD, including educating and supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, their families and other key stakeholders across the lifespan
  3. Critically analyse, compare and evaluate literature on specific areas of intervention relating to ASD
  4. Integrating gained knowledge to provide recommendations for ASD-specific interventions